My father acquired into the bail bond business in 1979; earlier than that, he offered used automobiles. I began spending time round my household’s bail bond enterprise on the age of 13. Watching my mother and pa develop relationships with individuals who had performed some fairly heinous crimes confirmed me you possibly can construct a bond with anybody. It takes folks on each side to have integrity in what they are saying they’re going to do, and to observe via with it.
I like to assist folks. I don’t care whether or not they’re wealthy, poor, Black, or white. Once I hear our business impacts folks of coloration and other people of poor financial standing greater than others, I must say, that may very well be true, but it surely’s not my fault. It may very well be true as a result of extra minorities are arrested. Why are there extra minorities arrested? Nicely, that’s not for me to reply in what I do as a bail bondsman.
Within the final two weeks, I had two African American households in my workplace. One of many ladies within the group advised me: “Nicely, this bail factor is ridiculous.” I scooted myself over and I stated, “Can I ask you a query? Do you pay automotive insurance coverage and householders insurance coverage?” “Yeah,” they stated. So I advised them, “Okay, effectively, I’m in insurance coverage. I’m licensed by the California Division of Insurance coverage. I’m an insurance coverage agent that places insurance coverage insurance policies up for folks, guaranteeing folks’s look in courtroom.”
Once I acquired performed, she advised me she’s very concerned in some civic teams, and that’s not what she hears at their conferences. “They’re telling me you’re predators. You’re simply taking from the poor.” I’m going, “Nicely, I don’t set bails. I don’t arrest folks. I’m the man who simply says, ‘Okay that is how a lot your bail is, I’ll provide help to train your proper.’”
I’m depressed that folks wish to eradicate our business or the constitutional proper to bail ourselves out of jail. They’re not my enemy, they’re simply misinformed on the place the actual drawback lies with the bail bond business. It doesn’t lie with us. It lies with bail schedules, it lies with how a lot bails are set at, it lies with bail getting used as a type of punishment.
There must be an incentive for an individual to go to courtroom, and that’s what bail is. And that incentive has to make sense and has to make you are feeling like you have got pores and skin within the recreation.
The issue with our system proper now in California, particularly, is our bail schedules are so excessive. They’re completely ridiculous. And lots of occasions, they’re used as a type of punishment, which they shouldn’t be. They’re used to maintain folks in jail, in order that particular person would plead responsible faster than they may in the event that they had been out of custody.
There are solely two nations on this world which have business bail bondsmen like myself, and that’s the United States of America and the Philippines. And the opposition, the bail reformers, use that as a nail that they wish to put in our coffins.
Go to Mexico, China, Japan, England, or Australia and commit a criminal offense. There aren’t any bail bonds in these nations. Likelihood is, you’re going to sit down in jail till your case is resolved. In america of America, we’ve got the constitutional proper to bail ourselves out of jail whereas we’re going to courtroom. For that proper to be extinguished is a tragedy.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.